20 fascinating photos of Poole Quay over the years

From the days of smuggling, through the years of different trades and industries, to today as a tourist attraction, Poole Quay has been the focal point of the town.

Poole Quay has been home to many different industries over the years, from fishing trips to Newfoundland and the export of goods there to the movement of trade goods from all over the world.

Postcard of Poole Quay with tall ships unloading trade goods. Postcard from the Allan Cook collection

For years this was the quay’s main source of economy, but after the Second World War there was a gradual shift towards tourism, with the south quay at Hamworthy given over to trade and industry.

Bournemouth Echo: Poole Pottery on the Quay at Poole photographed circa 1972. Photo from the Grahame Austin CollectionPoole Pottery on Poole Quay photographed circa 1972. Photo from the Grahame Austin Collection

Poole Pottery factory and shop was one of the surviving industries on the North Quay for decades after many people left, being the main attraction for visitors and locals alike. Unfortunately the pottery closed in 2017 to make way for the development of Dolphins Quay.

Bournemouth Echo: The construction of Dolphin Quays in 2002The construction of Dolphin Quays in 2002

The wharf now hosts a multitude of restaurants and many local events are held regularly to boost the town’s thriving tourist economy.

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